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American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis


The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the Southeastern United States.


American alligators are mostly found in the Southeastern United States, from Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina, south to Everglades National Park in Florida and west to the southern tip of Texas. They are found in the U.S. states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. Alligators inhabit swamps, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.


Gator found resting on Anhinga Trail.

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JabariMcNichols 8 years ago

Thanks Carol. I would say it was around 7 or 8 feet. I wasn't nervous though because these alligators are used to seeing people all the time. They will not attack unprovoked.

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

WOW! How long was it. How nervous were you to see this. Amazing!

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Spotted on Feb 1, 2013
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